Arizona’s Scott puts on a show at combine

While it’s debatable
whether or how much NFL combine measurables matter for quarterbacks,
there’s no debating that former Arizona quarterback Matt Scott helped
himself over the weekend in Indianapolis.

Scott
dominated his positional group in the athleticism tests, finishing third
among all quarterbacks with a 4.69 time in the 40 (West Virginia’s Geno
Smith was first at 4.59), first in the 20-yard shuttle at 3.99 seconds,
first in the three-cone drill in 6.69 seconds, fourth in the vertical
jump at 31 inches (Florida State’s EJ Manuel was first at 34 inches) and
second in the broad jump at 9 feet, 10 inches (Smith was first at 10
feet, 4 inches). The shuttle and three-cone drill times were the best
and second-best, respectively, for a quarterback in at least the last
eight years, which is as far back as the NFL has combine results
officially documented. The only quarterback in that time with a better
three-cone drill time: Tim Tebow.

Scott also got
himself noticed during passing drills, according to national NFL writer
Adam Caplan:



That sentiment was echoed by both Rob
Rang at CBS Sports …

“The ball
explodes out of his hand on short and intermediate throws. Several
caught receivers by surprise during the gauntlet drills with how quickly
they arrived. It wasn’t all good for Scott, however, as his accuracy
tailed off on deeper throws. Also, while Scott demonstrates plenty of
arm talent, his footwork can be a bit inconsistent. He didn’t
consistently step into his throws Sunday.”

… and
Tony
Pauline at USA Today:

“He looked
comfortable and confident on the field Sunday and delivered his passes
with speed and accuracy. His timing was a bit off as receivers were
waiting on throws, but general managers around the league are excited
about Scott’s potential after his workout.”

While
Rang’s analysis wasn’t all positive, he went on to say that “as one of
the few quarterbacks in the 2013 class with dual-threat capabilities,
Scott could spark interest early in Day 3 (fourth through seventh
rounds) of the draft or perhaps even
earlier.”

Probably also helping his cause: Scott, who
was listed at a relatively thin 196 pounds at Arizona, measured in at
the combine at 213 pounds and an even
6-foot-2.